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An agreement has been reached for the Russian navy to escort Iranian tankers into Syrian territorial waters, Russian media reported this week, after Israeli attacks disrupted Iranian shipments to Syria.


In a leaked audio recording published by pro-opposition activists on social media, a militia commander loyal to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard in Daraa talked of reversing seizures of property owned by opposition sympathisers if they agree to join pro-Iran militias.


Disruptions to oil shipments from Iran, including the recent Suez Canal blockage, have intensified fuel shortages in Syria, paralysing the country’s public transportation system and stoking public anger.


Afek Oil & Gas, an Israeli oil company, has ceased exploration operations in the occupied Golan Heights after finding no light oil resources suitable for commercial development.

The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format:


Positive coronavirus cases in Syria continued a steady climb last week with 398 cases recorded, roughly in line with the 431 new cases registered the previous week.


Displaced people from Hujeira, a town south of Damascus, are required to obtain prior security approval from the General Intelligence Directorate before returning to their homes, years after most of them fled battles in the area.


The document below lists the members of the executive councils of the capital cities of 11 of Syria’s governorates.


Taiwan will donate USD 500,000 for educational programmes in north-eastern Syria, according to Taiwanese media, in an unusual step given its generally limited engagement with Syria.


Property confiscation and expropriation in Syria are often addressed from an administrative and legal viewpoint, while property owners and their stories are ignored. In this short story, The Syria Report attempts to add a human dimension to a true story of property confiscation. Several personal details have been omitted to protect the property owner’s family.


The full transcript of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Rossiya Segodnya News Agency on October 08, 2020.


Security patrols arrested dozens of young men in the town of Babila south of Damascus earlier this month under the pretext of searching for opposition sleeper cells and drug dealers, according to pro-opposition news site Sowt Al-Asimeh. Out of dozens of arrests, 12 targeted Palestinian men displaced from the neighbouring city of Al-Hajjar Al-Aswad. The 12 men were likely targeted for arrest deliberately, after they reportedly underwent security checks as part of their applications to return to their homes in Al-Hajjar Al-Aswad.


Regime forces are demolishing and setting fire to properties owned by pro-opposition residents in rural Daraa, even though more than two years have passed since the reconciliation agreement that saw the area return to government control.


The Damascus Governorate has finally allowed some displaced people to return to the capital city’s southern Al-Tadhamon district, although the Governorate is still only permitting certain people who have obtained security clearance.


A flight transporting a relatively large shipment of medical aid from the United Arab Emirates landed in Damascus on August 30. It was the first such delivery by the UAE since the beginning of the pandemic and occurred just days after it normalised its relations with Israel.


An Israeli power producer has announced that it has secured a loan to finance what is set to become the largest wind power investment on the occupied Golan Heights.